mysql is a simple SQL shell (with GNU
readline capabilities). It supports
interactive and noninteractive use. When used interactively,
query results are presented in an ASCII-table format. When used
noninteractively (for example, as a filter), the result is
presented in tab-separated format. The output format can be
changed using command options.
If you have problems due to insufficient memory for large result
sets, use the
--quick option. This
forces mysql to retrieve results from the
server a row at a time rather than retrieving the entire result
set and buffering it in memory before displaying it. This is
done by returning the result set using the
mysql_use_result() C API
function in the client/server library rather than
Using mysql is very easy. Invoke it from the prompt of your command interpreter as follows:
Then type an SQL statement, end it with
\G and press Enter.
As of MySQL 5.1.10, typing Control-C causes mysql to attempt to kill the current statement. If this cannot be done, or Control-C is typed again before the statement is killed, mysql exits. Previously, Control-C caused mysql to exit in all cases.
You can execute SQL statements in a script file (batch file) like this: